The SF Giants struggled to beat the Colorado Rockies earlier in the week as they dropped two out of three games. But, they found a way to nab three straight wins against the division rivals.
SF Giants pull off satisfying sweep of the Dodgers with 2-0 victory
If you were late to the game, then you might have missed all of the offense that took place. Austin Slater led off the game with a solo shot in the bottom of the first inning followed by a solo home run from Mike Yastrzemski against Julio Urías.
Urías settled down after that but the damage had been done. The Giants managed just three more hits against the Dodgers after the first inning. Urías allowed three hits and no walks with 10 strikeouts in six innings of work on Sunday.
This was a strong start but Carlos Rodón was even better. The left-handed hurler faced off against a lineup that features Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman, and Trea Turner and he held them scoreless through six innings.
There were a couple of tense moments in that game. Will Smith and Chris Taylor each registered leadoff doubles in the second inning and fifth inning, respectively. These were key scoring opportunities for the Dodgers, but Rodón showed a lot of grit in keeping the game scoreless.
In total, the 29-year-old hurler allowed just two hits and three walks with eight strikeouts in six innings. He passed the torch to the bullpen, which has been shaky for much of the season. But, it seems like it has turned the corner as the bullpen had posted a 3.67 ERA in the month of June before Sunday's game.
John Brebbia, Dominic Leone, and Jake McGee each completed a scoreless inning apiece. Brebbia and Leone ran into some trouble but benefitted from some good defense to get out of their respective jams.
McGee had the cleanest inning from the bullpen and he flashed a fastball that averaged 96 MPH against the Dodgers. Since coming off of the injured list at the end of May, the veteran reliever has tallied six scoreless appearances.
In a way, he could be an X-factor for the bullpen. The Giants completed a surprising sweep against the division rivals and are set to face off against the Kansas City Royals and the Pittsburgh Pirates in the upcoming week. This is a good chance for them to gain more ground in the standings.